Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why do Athletes Need Compression?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

By Miguel A. Blancarte, Jr., Chicago, IL

All runners need to have mindful and functional running gear. In order to run long distances, and in order to run fast, gear is absolutely essential.

It never is easy finding the right gear – and I can attest to this. In addition to the regular headaches folks go through in order to find the right gear, my story also entails losing 180lbs in 8 months (and a total of 196lbs in less than a year).

In January 2012, I sat at 344lbs and by the end of September 2012 I was at 164lbs! I did this all on my own – no surgeries, no personal trainers, no “magic” diet pills; simply put: a lot of grit, dedication, perseverance and endurance. I was always a bigger person – so it’s not like I put the weight on – I was simply always heavier.

Having gone through a significant weight loss on my own, I knew there would be a bit of a downfall – however, that “downfall” is a small price to pay for my new lifestyle. The downfall here is the excess skin that I have – in my stomach area, my thighs, and in my arms.

I ventured into running in November of 2012 and in less than a year I successfully ran various 5K races, an 8K, many 10K’s, 3 half marathons, an Olympic distance triathlon, a full marathon, and I capped my first year of running with an ultramarathon! (My 1st race ever was a 5K on November 3, 2012 and the ultramarathon was completed on November 2, 2013)

Going into that ultra marathon I knew I needed great compression wear. I needed my body to stay in one place; no room for the moving of the excess skin. 3 weeks prior to the ultramarathon, I ran my first ever marathon. Having ran this marathon without compression gear, I knew I needed to change things up in order to have a better time out there, perform better, and to minimize any post-race pain.

I contacted Zensah to test out their products for my first ever ultramarathon – and my first time wearing compression wear. Zensah provided me with their “Seamless Base Layer Compression Shorts” and their “Mock Compression Turtleneck.” The reliability and performance from these two during an ultramarathon only solidified the fact that I did not need to look any further – it doesn’t get any more ultra than an ultramarathon and if I survived with the Zensah gear here, I could survive other races.

The materials, soft, durable, and compressing did what they were supposed to. They hugged my body, did not move unless I moved them with my hands, they compressed my skin and body so that it does not move, they wicked themselves off, and most importantly, they performed well and continue to do so, keeping my body temperature regulated – in various temperatures.

A couple of days ago, Chicago had record breaking cold temperature; we had colder weather than Siberia in the South Pole! As a now-turned-runner, I could not stop myself from running. I smartly geared up – which included the Zensah base layer compression short and the mock compression turtleneck. They not only helped with the run, they kept me 100% completely warm! In temperature where water would freeze on you, the gear air-wicked itself out and when I undressed, I did not have sweat (nor ice) on my body! I was truly surprised – I rubbed the material and I touched my back to see if I felt sweat, and nothing!

Losing the weight and having the scars to show for it has made my running even more significant because of the support I need from gear in order to be a good, effective, endurance runner. Zensah helps!

Zensah® and FLEET FEET St. Louis Join Forces To Bring Warmth To St. Patrick Center

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Zensah® and FLEET FEET St. Louis donate compression leg sleeves to local center

St, Louis, MO – February 4th, 2014

Zensah®, a leading compression apparel company, announces its partnership with FLEET FEET Sports in St. Louis, recognized for their unrivaled shoe fitting process and involvement in the running community.  FLEET FEET St. Louis has delivered to St. Patrick Center with a donation of 300 Zensah® compression leg sleeves. According to Christian Kelley of St. Patrick Center, the sleeves will primarily be used to provide additional warmth for the center’s clients.  A secondary goal will be to help clients move more comfortably.

Chris Leonard of FLEET FEET St. Louis, says “Our staff has been involved with St. Patrick Center for a few years; working with them on fundraising events.  It’s a great charity and an important cause that we love being a part of.  We are excited to work with Zensah® on providing St. Patrick Center with compression leg sleeves as an extra layer of warmth during this cold winter.  Along with the leg sleeves, we donated 2500 protein bars.

Parker Robinson at Zensah® says, “We are happy to be working with the team at FLEET FEET for a great cause!  We hope the soft fabric of the sleeves brings lots of comfort and warmth to those at the center. St. Patrick Center is a great organization, and we hope to work with them again the future.”

About St. Patrick Center: St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They take an action-based approach to service and offer nationally recognized programs that assist more than 8,000 people each year.  Their mission is to help individuals and families move from homelessness to independence in dignified, cost-effective and permanent ways.  For more information about St. Patrick Center, visit

About FLEET FEET St. Louis: FLEET FEET specializes in providing the runners and walkers of St. Louis with equipment that meets their individual needs, group training that helps them reach their goals, and racing opportunities that satisfy their competitive spirit. FLEET FEET Sports opened in 1993 and is locally owned and operated by David and Debby Spetnagel. For more information about FLEET FEET, visit or call 855-LUV-2-RUN.

About Zensah®: Zensah®, the Miami-based compression brand, leads the growth for compression apparel in the running industry. The company is recognized for utilizing seamless technology in all of its athletic apparel. Their seamless compression products are praised by all athletes. Zensah® has the number one selling Compression Leg Sleeves in the US for Running Specialty.

Ryan Oliver
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